I am in love with love, life, adventure and the universe. I am part movie watching, music loving geek/part organic vegetable eating, tree hugging hippie. I am a little bit folk, a little bit rock and roll. I don't fit into a traditional mold and neither should you!
I am currently enjoying life in the historic whaling city of new bedford, ma but I love to escape to the woods and the ocean any chance that I get. I cannot believe how lucky I am to be fulfilling a long time dream of being a professional photographer ...somebody pinch me!
1. I love animals! my dog and my cat are the loves of my life (besides my handsome boyfriend, of course)! I dream of one day having my own micro farm with goats, chickens, rabbits and several dogs and cats.
2. I smile big and often, it is a universal language and can improve anybody's mood in an instant.
3. I'm unusually obsessed with the color purple.
4. I love music and going to concerts. Singing is one of my favorite passtimes, even if it's only in the car and the shower.
5. I am a geek about sci fi/fantasy, movies, books and tv shows. Star wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Game of Thrones will always be favorites.
6. I think life is too short to drink crappy beer.
"I am overjoyed with Sara, her professionalism, personality and ultimately the most beautiful wedding photos I have ever seen. We found her after endlessly searching the internet with no one who was quite the right fit. Reading through her website to "get to know her" we knew we would get along. Then to go through her portfolio I was even more pleased with the photos she showcased. Sara is one of a kind. Her uniqueness really shines in her photography of her clients. Starting to work with Sara was like I had known her forever. Planning our wedding in Massachusetts from California, and only visiting once before the big day had its challenges, but Sara made it easy and stress free. Sara was able to squeeze us in for engagement pictures the day before Thanksgiving an hour before sunset (due to our busy schedule). The result.... Perfection. When we received the engagement photos I knew she was the "one" for us. Through the rest of the planning process she was always available to answer questions, regarding the wedding, or anything else we needed. She was always kind and genuine but first and foremost a professional. On the day of the wedding I swear I never saw her, yet looking back at the pictures she was everywhere. Showing our friends and family they were blown away at her ability to capture so many special moments of the ceremony and first look. I had not doubt because I was already fully aware of her magic. The pictures turned out more then I could have asked for. Every one perfect. My husband said she made us look like models :) I am so lucky to have those moments captured, the love, joy and silliness the day held. The pictures I received I will be proud to share with friends and family for generations to come. Thank You Sara for your wizardry skills and for capturing not only our wedding and photos of our families, but the moments of the day, that the two of us shared for the very first time, together."
"How to describe Sara? After we got engaged, months and months went by before we even started thinking about wedding planning. Then someone said we needed engagement pictures. What?! WE DO!?! Enter Sara. From the very beginning, Sara made us feel so comfortable with her laid back nature, from our very first meeting in a quirky coffee shop in downtown Providence (to which she bribed the owner into letting us take pictures there - because she knew coffee was an important aspect of our relationship and love story). Then she took a candid shot of us with a random guy playing the piano. In a park. At sunset. The shot ended up being featured on a photography website highlighting same sex love – an ode to Sara’s eye and outside-the-box mentality. Our pictures were ready to view almost immediately and she even did an incredible job on a canvas of our favorite shot in the coffee shop. During the shoot, she asked questions about how we met, what we liked about each other etc. because she honestly wanted to know. She wants to be best friends and get to know you so she can tell your story exactly how it should be told. If she didn't impress us with the engagement shoot alone, she BLEW US AWAY at our wedding. She endured crazy families of varying sizes, personalities and attitudes, getting lost on the way to our wedding party photo shoot location a mere 2 hours before the wedding (!!!), and indecisive grooms to name a few - but she handled it all amazingly and was such a calming force on that crazy day. She created a schedule for the day, but adjusted to the occasional change in plans with grace and professionalism! Throughout the entire process, she was so easy to get in touch with and always offered advice on other things above and beyond photography. Her talent is so effortless and I'm jealous of all the couples who have yet to work with her because you're in for an amazing ride! Thank you Sara for EVERYTHING!"
"My now husband and I found Sara after searching through lots of wedding photographers, Sara’s photos stood out from the rest. We contacted Sara, and discussed everything that we were looking for in a wedding photographer, and everything we wanted to avoid. My husband and I met with Sara, reviewed her portfolio; she listened to what we had as a vision for our wedding, and she gave us new and unique ideas adding to what we had in mind, and we decided to hire her right there on the spot. Since Sara was the first vendor we hired, we were extremely nervous about everything. We put her through weeks of e-mails, and phone calls, asking her a ton of questions. Yet, Sara remained patient with us throughout the entire process. For the day of the wedding, Sara worked with me, and captured so many beautiful getting ready pictures. Sara’s photo’s displayed all of my emotions before the big reveal. Every photo from the day of the wedding captured every unique moment of the ceremony. Sara worked through every crazy moment, working on her feet, even when things got delayed, Sara and her team coordinated everything to make sure we had enough time for all of the shots we wanted (which when totaled were about 800 photos!) Sara was always in the background, completely unnoticed, yet she captured everything in the ceremony. She let the ceremony be the focus of the moment; she wasn’t hovering around distracting our guests or us from the moment. She worked flawlessly, capturing every key moment of the ceremony. Sara is not only is an amazing photographer, and artist, but a great person. If you’re looking for photos that capture the love, magic, and beauty of your big day, hire Sara, she will definitely save the memories of your big day in a way that will make you want to enjoy, and share them for a lifetime."
"This review is about something that you may not consider a priority when deciding on a photographer: their work ethic. Sara has an impeccable balance of professionalism and making you feel like you’ve known each other forever. On our first meeting, she was prepared with a folder of various packages with descriptions. She took time to get to know us and listened to our needs, but also offered her creative input. Throughout planning she would check in and offer assistance (creating timelines, offering advice). Especially the weeks leading up, she was always easy to reach (despite being peak wedding season for her). A week before our day, the weather said rain. I emailed her panicked and she gave me 3 backup plans. Luckily it didn’t, but I cannot thank her enough for calming me and assuring that we would still have amazing pictures. 2 days before the wedding, she scouted First Look locations in order to be prepared. Sara takes the time to prepare for each wedding. On the day, she was punctual and worked efficiently. She makes everyone feel very comfortable in front of the camera with words of encouragement, jokes, and giving great direction. You will have LOTS of fun! All of her photos come out natural (not overly posed) and gorgeous. She also has a great turnaround time. After our engagement photo shoot, we got to have a few sneak peeks of the shoot that we did only a couple hours before! Even on the night of our wedding, she was able to upload a few pictures while we were eating dinner. When you pick a wedding photographer, you are picking someone that you will be sharing intimate details of your wedding with. All of your wedding guests aren’t with you while you get ready, but your photographer is with you from start to finish. Sara knows that it is a privilege to be a part of this important day and treats it as such. I recommend Sara for any photography need and look forward to working with her again!"
"Sara was recommended to us after one of my super talented high school friends let me know she was not a comfortable wedding photographer. I let her know i was looking for a photographer who specialized in creative, rustic and most importantly CANDID photography as my, now husband (eep!), is the exact opposite of photogenic. So I stalked Sara's website, facebook, Instagram - you name it - for about a week and decided she was what i was looking for (at least by what i saw). We met up at the Duck and Bunny for a drink and cupcake to discuss specifics and to view some of her prints and albums. Sara was extremely personable, professional, kind and funny. We decided to book her. Now, we changed locations/dates multiple times and through the whole process she was so understanding and laid back about my indecisiveness. And she was even willing to still do the wedding day photography knowing we were uninterested in the engagement shoot which is usually included in the package. Day of the wedding she was extremely prompt and completely organized in her vision for our big day. She brought along an assistant and second photographer who were just as pleasant to work with as Sara. We did a first look, then a quick trek into the Caratunk Wildlife Reserve, which she recommended for our couples' photos. She scoped it out ahead of time and had a vision, knowing exactly where/what we were to do. Her instruction for us was flawless from the beginning all the way up to the family and bridal party photos, which were done at the reception site, Francis Farms. Now, we as a group are not the most attentive of people, but her focused and professional attitude was not only effective, but produced some AMAZING results in the photos she captured. The posed photos and candids throughout the night. We are PRIVILEGED to have had Sara guiding us through it all. It was certainly a day to remember and now we can forever through these photos courtesy of Sara Smile Photography!"
photography for creative couples
photography for creative couples in love
I am passionate about collaborating with fun, creative couples who are enthusiastic about allowing me to capture their love story in an artistic and imaginative way.
I feel that it is paramount to get to know and love my clients before the wedding day. I get butterflies for them, I cry and laugh with them and I celebrate every moment with them. I accept a limited number of wedding commissions each year to allow time to establish these relationships and ultimately give the best of myself to every couple.
Be sure to contact me for a look at my exclusive wedding information guide where you can find details on pricing, products and a ton of useful information to help you have the best experience in front of the camera on your wedding day. I still have a limited number of dates still available for 2016 and I am accepting inquiries for 2017 as well. Planning a destination wedding? I will photograph one destination wedding each year with no additional travel fees, get in touch for more information!
packages start at $3600
ARE YOU LGBTQ FRIENDLY?
so much yes! some of my favorite people are part of the lgbtq community.
DO YOU ACCEPT SHOT LISTS?
to put it simply, shot lists detract from the natural flow of the day. there's no need to worry about me taking the standard wedding day photos like the first kiss, walking down the aisle, etc. because I'll be right there with you! I do however accept a list of group photos and any important aspects or items that must be photographed so I don't miss a thing!
DO YOU HAVE BACKUP EQUIPMENT AND INSURANCE?
yes and yes!! from backup cameras, flashes, batteries and memory cards, absolutely every piece of equipment is backed up at all times! and yes, I have complete liability insurance which covers myself, your guests and your venue.
HOW MANY IMAGES CAN WE EXPECT FROM OUR WEDDING?
on average, you can expect between 50 - 75 per hour of coverage.
HOW DO WE RECEIVE OUR PHOTOS AND WHEN WILL THEY BE READY?
you'll receive your photos in an online gallery on approximately 8 weeks from your wedding day. your gallery is a streamlined way for you to view, share and order prints. you are able to download all of your high resolution images with a few clicks of a mouse.
DO I OWN THE COPYRIGHT OF THE PHOTOS?
well..not really! what you’ll have is the license to print the photos however you’d like. I retain the copyright to all of your photos so you’ll need my permission before any of the photos are altered in any way, sold or entered into any contests!! if you have any questions though, just ask!